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article imageDNC: Republican Party Strategy of Just Saying No is Not Enough

By Michael Krebs     Mar 14, 2009 in Politics
Democratic National Committee expresses frustration with the Republican Party's empty rejections of President Obama's plans. No is not enough in the business of solutions.
House Republican Leader John Boehner is fond of saying no. The New York Times reported today that Congressman Boehner and his colleagues refused to offer an alternative to the Obama team's plans, specifically including President Obama's budget. Rep. Boehner defended this position, stating that his party's lawmakers are not obliged to offer any plans and that they "ought to get the idea out of their minds that they are legislators."
Congressional members are, in fact, members of the legislative branch - and lawmakers within a given party fall under the umbrella of the legislative establishment.
The Democratic National Committee took the Boehner quote to the web - in an online ad campaign that can be seen here.
In a press release, the DNC explained that the new web advertisement "contrasts President Obama's responsible plan to create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools with Congressman Boehner's insistence that his Party has no responsibility to say anything but "no" despite the economic crisis facing our country."
Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said, "John Boehner's claim that his Party has no responsibility to legislate or offer any plans of their own - despite the economic crisis facing our country - are exactly the kind of typical Washington political games the American people rejected last November. The American people want leaders who will work together and bring practical ideas to the table. If we are going to confront the challenges we face, America cannot afford more of the same broken politics from the Rush Limbaugh-led obstructionist wing of the Republican Party. Instead of petty politics and empty obstructionism, Republicans in Congress should either support the President's budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent."
According to a statement from the DNC, the Democratic Party "launched a new 'Party of No Clock' that highlights the number of days, hours and minutes Republicans in Washington have gone just saying 'no' instead of offering a substantive alternative to President Obama's budget. As of today, Republicans have gone 16 days without offering a real alternative to the President's budget."
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